Easysland setback: Cheltenham Cross Country star out of action until new year after holiday 'mishap'

Easysland won the 2020 Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival before being beaten by Tiger Roll this year; JP McManus' star suffered a "mishap" while on his summer break at Martinstown Stud in Ireland

Easysland ridden by jockey Jonathan Plouganou on their way to winning the Glenfarclas Chase during day two of the Cheltenham Festival
Image: Easysland on his way to victory in the 2020 Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham

Easysland has suffered a setback while on his summer break and will be out of action until the new year.

The classy cross-country chaser was at his owner JP McManus' Martinstown Stud in County Limerick when the problem surfaced.

Connections believe the issue is not too serious and it is hoped the seven-year-old, trained in France by David Cottin, will be back in early 2022.

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"He's had a setback so he won't be going anywhere until the new year. Hopefully, it's not too serious," said McManus' racing manager Frank Berry.

"He had a mishap while on his holidays at Martinstown. It will take a few months, but hopefully we'll see him in the new year."

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Easysland was bought privately by McManus before he won the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in 2020 by 17 lengths from Tiger Roll. However, Tiger Roll got his revenge when the placings were reversed in March.

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